The standalone inductee of the Conference USA 2021 Hall of Fame Class is Russell D. Anderson, great guy, hard worker, efficient former league communications administrator and dedicated member of the C-USA staff for more than 25 years. He passed away suddenly in April.

Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod noted Russ’ contributions to the league were “were remarkable, and his passion and dedication were evident in everything he did for the league,” she said. “We are proud to commemorate his lasting legacy to our conference.”

Anderson promoted Conference USA since its formation in 1995. He is missed by all who knew him, and hopefully his humility and good nature has rubbed off on those of us who did.

The league’s Hall of Fame Committee selects the nominees and the league’s Athletics Directors serve as the voting panel for the C-USA Hall of Fame. 

The league’s HOF debuted in 2019 with 20 student-athletes, three coaches and two administrators. Current and future C-USA Hall of Fame class size will be a minimum of one inductee and a maximum of five inductees per year.
Here’s more information on Russ:

  • Communications and media relations specialist since league’s formation in 1995
  • Primary media and administrative contact for baseball and football
  • Coordinated league championship media operations and events for several sports
  • Served on the media relations staffs for many, many NCAA postseason regional, national and championship events, College Football Playoff championship games and bowl games
  • The C-USA Baseball Championship MVP Award is named in his honor
  • Actively involved with the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) since 1996, and was the organization’s most recent Associate Executive Director
  • Received the NCBWA’s Wilbur Snypp Award in 2002 for his outstanding contributions to college baseball. The Wilbur Snypp Award has been renamed in his honor.